Independent TD Mattie McGrath has assured the families and victims of the Omagh bomb massacre of his continued support as they marked the 20th anniversary of the atrocity yesterday (Sunday 12th August).
Deputy McGrath also used the occasion to call on the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to honour commitments Fine Gael gave to the families in 2004:
“I want to salute the courage and determination of the families as they mark yet another year when their unresolved questions about that terrible event went unanswered.
Despite former Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s firm assurances when he was the leader of the opposition in 2004, and despite the continual requests by the families to have a full cross-border inquiry initiated, they are no nearer to that goal today due to the lack of meaningful responses from members of this Government.
In May of 2013 the former Taoiseach made a commitment to me from across the floor of the Dáil, while the families were also in the Dáil Gallery, that he would in due course be happy to meet with the families and their representatives directly. This meeting has yet to occur.
The families are very keen to have it known that the last thing they want is to engage in an adversarial process with the Government. Their only concern is to work in partnership with both the British and Irish Governments. They are not on a political crusade to damage anyone politically but simply to bring the full disclosure of what happened on that awful day in 1998 into the light of day,” concluded Deputy McGrath.